The AWA Affiliate Network welcomes all who have been trained in the AWA Method.
As a community of workshop leaders who pay annual dues, Affiliates support each other and actively support AWA. In turn, Amherst Writers & Artists supports Affiliates with advertising, a web presence, discounts for AWA-sponsored events, professional development. We also serve as a referral and information center. For details, see our full description of benefits and responsibilities.
Affiliates establish, lead and set costs for their own workshops, retreats, and events. An AWA Affiliate is not an employee of AWA, but an independent business owner or social agent. AWA maintains the quality of Affiliate workshops through the Affiliate Network, allowing Affiliates to express their creativity and interests while staying true to the principles of the AWA Method.
Current Affiliate Chapters include Ireland; Sacramento, CA; San Francisco Bay Area, CA; Washington, D.C.; and Toronto, Canada. These chapters are groups of Affiliates who meet regularly and host events to support local writers. They may also offer support to one other as workshop leadership and writing resources.
What Affiliates do
AWA Affiliates lead workshops in prisons, homeless shelters, hospitals, after-school programs, half-way houses, domestic violence shelters, and nursing homes. Some Affiliates travel the globe, leading writing workshops with those who have received little or no encouragement to express their voice. Some Affiliates have joined forces and created focused, non-profit organizations.
The NY Writers Coalition, the first such organization to form, brings writing to homeless shelters, psychiatric units, and after-school programs in New York City neighborhoods. Voices from Inside brings the AWA Method to women in Western Massachusetts jails. Imani House, in Brooklyn, NY offers support to disadvantaged women and children, VoiceFlame brings AWA Affiliates to women and children in Malawi, and Toronto Writers Collective mirrors the work of NY Writers Coalition. Each of these organizations owes its roots and inspiration to Amherst Writers & Artists.
How to join us
Affiliates maintain their status by paying yearly dues of $175. This can be done online, via the form below or Paypal (in the latter case, select Offline Payment in the form), or by mailing a check to our PO Box. Please fill out the form to set up your membership account and directory listing.